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Hungary defies the US-Europe Combo on Russian Oil

AFP News item: 15 September 2022, where the title runs thus “EU lawmakers say Hungary no longer a ‘full democracy’,”

Hungary was described as “a hybrid regime of electoral autocracy” in “serious breach” of EU democratic norms”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Cliffhanger! Sri Lankan Cricketers overcome Stiff Bangladesh Total

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 2 September 2022, where the title runs “Sri Lanka: merely lucky, or back to punching-above-weight ways?”

In a match that swung wildly one way, then the other, the optimists among you had reason enough to believe this Sri Lanka team is resurgent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rajiva Wijesinha on the Riots of July 1983

Rajiva Wijesinha,  being Chapter 7, entitled “The Riots of 1983,” in his book JR Jayewardene’s Racism, Cold War Posturing and the Indian Debacle, …. pubd in 2021 by Godage & Co 

 

The initial outbreak

The sixth anniversary of the election of 1977 fell on July 22nd. JR summoned his conference for the week previous to that. But not one single opposition party turned up, only his own UNP and Thondaman’s CWC. The absence of the others made it clear that no one was willing to continue playing a game in which the President not only held ail the cards, but also changed the rules as and when he required.

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At Last! Sri Lankan Women’s Cricketers beat Indian Women … at Dambulla

ESPNCricinfo Report

Sri Lanka 141 for 3 (Athapaththu 80*, de Silva 30) beat India 138 for 5 (Harmanpreet 39*, Rodrigues 33, Ranasinghe 1-13) by seven wickets
Sri Lanka had lost their last 12 T20Is against India, and had never beaten them in a home game. But all that was put to rest as their captain Chamari Athapaththu led them to a seven-wicket win in the final match of the three-match T20I series in Dambulla. The hosts managed to salvage pride after conceding the series with back-to-back defeats.

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FRONTLINE on Tamil Leaders’ Response to the Financial Crisis

INTERVIEW: M.A. SUMANTHIRAN ……‘They kept denying that there was a crisis’

R.K. RADHAKRISHNANIN COLOMBO  Print edition : April 22, 202

M.A. Sumanthiran: “… the triggering of this crisis seems to be the heavy tax cuts that were introduced soon after Gotabaya Rajapaksa became President…. As much as 33 per cent of the people fell outside the tax net as a result…. Once it starts sliding, you can’t pull it back.” Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

 

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Kenneth Bush’s Study of Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka in 2003

Michael Roberts

This work is one that never came into my orbit and it is chance today that brought it to my attention …. and in recent correspondence Niggy aka Nirgunan Tiruchelvam in Singapore praised the work. So, let me present its “frontal view” and encourage readers to comment on its data and approaches.

 

 

 

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Understanding China’s Foreign Manoeuvres: Western Misconceptions

Mr C[1]

I found the essay by Asoka Bandarage[2]  as okay, but it suffers from a few argumentative flaws I will discuss in this article.  The writer Bandarage has made many claims. Some of these I agree with. Her main argument comes towards the end of the article which may be summarized as follows: Sri Lanka must avoid being exploited by foreign powers or caught up in geopolitical adventures played out between India, China and the US which it can achieve by creating food and energy security for itself by exploiting natural resources, and he mentions an area of Sri Lanka containing oil and gas resources. We know Sri Lanka is a fertile land and can easily sustain rice and food crops, if managed properly.  While I agree Sri Lanka should strive for its own food and energy security, I am not sure this will be achievable in the case of energy security without significant foreign investment, which means the geopolitical problems he refers to are unlikely to go away.

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Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Masquerade stripped Naked by ….

Captain Elmo Jayawardena

Let me start by writing what I perceive somewhat as the truth. The last thing anyone knows in Sri Lanka is the truth. It has always been in masquerade as long as I can remember. I have to trigger this parody at the Rogues’ Gallery in Diyawanna Oya.

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Some Sources on the Ceylon National Congress, 1919-50

Thuppahi’s ‘Gift’ to Assiduous Students Today

 

 

 

Ponnambalam Arunachalam

EW Perera

CWW Kannangara

 

 

 

 

1. Ariyaratne, R. A. 1977. “Communal Conflict and the Formation of the Ceylon National Congress”. The Ceylon Journal of Historical and Social Studies, 1977 Vol. VII No. 1 , pp. 57-82. http://dlib.pdn.ac.lk/handle/1/3639 (PDF available) …….

An  extensive 26-page paper providing a detailed overview on Ceylon National Association, CNC, and places it within the context of territorial and communal division. Also talks about the CAN and CNC as “open” reform societies, and outlines how they consisted of a cross-section of westernized elites.

  • Excerpt: A rift with the Government having thus already been created, and without a European go-between the reform leaders convened the first session of the Ceylon National Congress on 11 December 1919. Its principal architect, Arunachalam, was elected the first President. Recalling his uphill task, he wrote in 1923 “Only those who have been in the inner councils of the reform movement can know how difficult it was to bring the various communities together on a common platform, what toil and tact were needed to educate the people in their rights and duties to remove ancient prejudices and jealousies, to harmonies differences and dissensions and create the indispensable basis of mutual trust and co-operation”.

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Rejuvenating Sri Lanka? An Opportune Moment Now?

Andrew Fidel Fernando, whose chosen title reads A chance to hit refresh in Sri Lanka”

Could the pluralistic ethos of the uprising bring the country back from Sinhalese majoritarianism?

Having swept to power in a landslide victory in late 2019, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wasted no time declaring unequivocally that his would be a Sinhalese ethno-nationalist state. He chose to be inaugurated at the island’s ancient Buddhist capital, Anuradhapura, the military and Buddhist clergy in heavy attendance.

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